Dynamo Fans are Still "Thankful" as We Enter 2018
Combining elements of jazz, soul, funk, rock, reggae, and everything in between, Dynamo’s unique sound has pleased the ears of Nashville locals since the band’s formation in 2012. One huge thing I noticed when listening to Dynamo for the first time was their impeccable use of space in their music. Often overlooked by musicians in all genres, rests can add depth and energy to a song that notes alone cannot. Dynamo knows how to use this space to add all sorts of energy to their already dynamic (see what I did there?) musical style. Dain Ussery’s smooth, Timberlake-esque lead vocals draw new listeners to the signature Dynamo sound and feel-good style that Nashville locals have come to know and love. However, Ussery’s voice often isn’t the main instrument in Dynamo’s music. Constantly passing the spotlight from keys to brass to BGV’s, Dynamo is a band in the truest sense of the word, rather than solely a collection of talented musicians.
Their latest album, “Celina”, did not disappoint and brought audiences the energetic big-band sound that makes Dynamo so great. Recorded in front of a live studio audience with absolutely no overdubbing, the songs of the 2017 release have an energy and excitement that you don’t usually find in a traditional recording situation. The first song, “Thankful”, while emphasizing being content with what we are given and thankful (as the title suggests), also sets the stage for the album’s progression. The third song, “Something’s Gotta Give”, brings rich intensity and rising tension along with a tone of becoming overwhelmed that continues through the middle part of the album. Completing the album comes the last song, “Dream”, with a call for listeners to “keep on dreaming!” as the band brings the tone back to one of resolve and contentedness despite struggle.
Headlining Acme Feed & Seed’s recent sold out New Year’s Eve party, Dynamo is making waves in local scenes. The best way to listen to Dynamo is live in concert, but if you can’t make it out to a show, be sure to check out their music on Spotify or Apple Music, and catch a show soon before tickets start getting expensive! For more information about Dynamo, visit their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or at www.dynamo-music.com.